Nope, I got the missing dit problem in spades when I run VOX keying on my
FT-1000MP. When I hit the key, the transceiver switches to transmit and
puts the first (in my case) dah's worth of RF onto the coax going to the
amplifier. It simultaneously closes the relay that tells the amp
(indirectly) that it's time to do it's thing. The amp, however, is a bit
lazyer than it used to be: it's delay in becoming fully involved in the
transaction causes the volume of the first dah to be, like, zero. So many
think I'm N1HI.
Now, if the computer told the transceiver that "it's going to be time to
transmit pretty damn quick, but not instantly," and the transceiver passes
the info on to the amp, then all of us old farts can get our acts together
and not fumble the ball. The computer does this by "asserting" the PTT line
to the xcvr to switch it, instead of using the VOX to do that.
Now, why haven't I hooked mine up that way? I still have dreams that I'm
young and my rig is young, and my amp is young, and all is well. Delusions,
you might say.
[mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Monday, March 01, 2004 6:56 AM
To: Scott R.; email@example.com
Subject: Re: Fwd: Fw: [CQ-Contest] Lost leading 'dit' - summary
What do you mean by "PTT Control of CW?" How does it differ from
"Non-break-in CW?" I think we are all talking about two or three
different things. :-)